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/ əˈpɛnd /

verb (used with object)

to add as a supplement, accessory, or appendix; subjoin: to append a note to a letter.
to attach or suspend as a pendant.
to sign a document with; affix: to append one's signature to a will.

Nearby words

  1. appellation contrôlée,
  2. appellative,
  3. appellatively,
  4. appellee,
  5. appellor,
  6. appendage,
  7. appendages of eye,
  8. appendages of skin,
  9. appendant,
  10. appendectomy

Origin of append

1640–50; < Latin appendere, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + -pendere to hang (transitive)

Related formsmis·ap·pend·ed, adjectiveun·ap·pend·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for appended


/ (əˈpɛnd) /

verb (tr)

to add as a supplementto append a footnote
to attach; hang on

Word Origin for append

C15: from Late Latin appendere to hang (something) from, from Latin pendere to hang

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Word Origin and History for appended



late 14c., "to belong to as a possession or right," from Old French apendre (13c.) belong, be dependent (on); attach (oneself) to; hang, hang up," and directly from Latin appendere "to cause to hang (from something), weigh," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + pendere "hang" (see pendant).

Meaning "to hang on, attach as a pendant" is 1640s; that of "attach as an appendix" is recorded by 1843. OED says the original word was obsolete by c.1500, and these later transitive senses represent a reborrowing from Latin or French. Related: Appended; appending.

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